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Amazon wants to help you find a plumber

The company is taking on startups like TaskRabbit

Amazon is taking aim at dominating yet another area of your life: household services.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company on Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a new platform helping customers find help with a variety of local services. Some of …


Gap CEO hints at clothing vending machine

How Art Peck is turning to technology to help boost sales

New Gap CEO Art Peck wants to make it clear that he’s willing to be innovative to boost his company’s sales, saying in a recent interview that he’s embracing technology like radio-tagged clothing and even the possibility of a vending machine …


Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of …


Google opens first shop in London

Marianne WilsonAnother online company has entered the physical retail space: Google has opened an in-store shop in Currys PC World, on Tottenham …


Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dreams Just Took a Step Closer to Reality

But don't expect a drone on your doorstep anytime soon

Amazon’s hopes of delivering shipments to customers via drones got a little more real Thursday as federal regulators granted the company approval to test its unmanned aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon’s drones what’s …


Facebook just bought a startup that can find every product for sale online

Facebook has bought shopping search engine The Find.

We first spotted the news in a tweet before the company announced the acquisition in a post on its website.

TheFind bills itself as "the only way to search the entire shoppable web." Its proprietary search engine lets you type in something you're …


Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, an Internet of Things startup has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.

“We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told …


Amazon Launches Pinterest-Like Site for New Gadgets and Gear From Inventors

Amazon wants to work with more startup product brands, and it is leveraging its giant customer base to get exclusive deals from the inventors making them.

The company said on Wednesday that it had launched a new online storefront called Amazon Exclusives featuring a small selection of new products, …


Universal Assembly Unit at London Fashion Week: The innovative media company creates an interactive installation that lets visitors experience fashion in a whole new way

The spotlight is on South Africa this week, as Design Indaba is set to start. But it’s not just in its homeland that South African design is on display; in London, the country was one of 29 taking part in the International Fashion Showcase during the recent London Fashion Week. Designers Adriaan …


Is Your Company Ready For The Coming Surge In Mobile Commerce?

It’s no wonder all eyes are now on Barcelona, which is hosting the annual Mobile World Congress. What was once an accessory is fast becoming the way everyone does business.

“Customer experience is transforming very, very quickly, and it’s driven by two things at the same time,” says Thomas Kurian, …

Walmart tests grocery pickup service

Walmart is testing a new online ordering/pickup service at 3 Valley stores.


Ace Hardware rolls out delivery service

Snowed in and need a shovel? If you live near an Ace Hardware, you may be able to get that shovel delivered.

That’s because the retailer is rolling …

Curbside Brings A Same-Day Local Pickup Option To Best Buy Shoppers

Not all e-commerce involves home delivery. Mobile shopping app Curbside, which lets users shop from their phones then pick up their purchases at a local retailer without getting out of their cars, has been growing quickly since its debut last year, and is now processing thousands of orders per …

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Nike NYC Pop-Up Shop Grants Fans Early Access to Premium Gear App

SNKRS Station acts as physical representation of upcoming mobile experience for cream-of-the-crop inventory

2015 30 Under 30: Retail

The Retailers Shoppers Like the Most

Is Amazon one of your favorite retailers? If so, you’re hardly alone, according to new survey.

A study published Monday by consulting firm PwC found that 52% of respondents picked Amazon as one of their three top retail choices for 2014. The other two that cropped up most commonly? Wal-Mart, with …

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How Rebecca And Uri Minkoff Are Shaking Up Retail

The fashion-world siblings are bringing digital innovations to the dressing-room experience.

When accessories and apparel designer Rebecca Minkoff opened her eponymous company’s first store in Manhattan in November, she and her brother Uri, the business’s cofounder and CEO, wanted to create a wired …


Why Alibaba's Tea Delivery Test Is Not The Future Of Drone Delivery

Two Decembers ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos made a bet with the crew of 60 Minutes after luring its correspondent Charlie Rose to his company’s offices with an exclusive.

“If you can guess what it is … I will give you half my fortune.”

The exclusive, as we now know, turned out to be Amazon’s proposed …


Amazon opens its first store

Look out, retailers. Amazon has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar store.

Amazon announced that it has opened a pickup and drop-off location on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Students can order everything from "textbooks, laptops, or mac and cheese," according to Paul …


RadioShack’s ‘store within a store’ concept detailed

With yesterday’s news that RadioShack was filing for bankruptcy, we also learned there would be a ‘store within a store’ concept that would allow …

The Future Of Retail: 4 Trends Bringing The Virtual Experience Into Reality [Infographic]

Online shopping is big, but stores still bring in big revenue. Blending physical and virtual experiences helps retailers do more business with the same customers and keep them engaged with the brand.

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Tesco cuts range by 30% to simplify shopping

Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis is pulling up to a third of products off its shelves as it calls time on policy that left shoppers baffled by a choice of up to 90,000 products on their weekly shop.

The struggling supermarket, which has lost market share to low-cost, low-choice retailers such as Lidl and …


AB InBev Joins Beer-Delivery Market With New App

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA on Thursday is launching an e-commerce app called Bud Light Button that will make it possible for consumers in Washington, D.C. to stay on the couch while someone else makes a beer run.

It is the latest push by a major brewer to enter the world of e-commerce and jump-start …

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Starbucks's Mobile App Payments Now Represent 16% Of All Starbucks Transactions

Now that's what you call "grande."

Forget about Apple Pay for a moment—when it comes to mobile payment big shots, no conversation can ignore Starbucks.

Speaking about mobile payments during the company's January 22nd earnings call, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz busted out some pretty impressive …

Digital Denim Doctor 'prescribes' personalized fit at Nordstrom

DL1961 Premium Denim, a Chicago-based denim brand, announced today a retail initiative with Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue.


5 new technologies that may change how you shop

As more shopping moves online, retailers are looking for ways to step up the in-store experience to make sure it remains compelling and …

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Is Tesco's Google Glass app a fridge too far?

If you've plonked down £1,000/$1,500 on a Google Glass headset and need to speed up your shopping, you're in luck: Tesco has just launched a Glass …

Nordstrom enables multichannel catalog viewing with updated app

Nordstrom Scan & ShopDepartment store chain Nordstrom is letting consumers interact with its print catalog through a new scanning feature for its iOS …


Tommy Hilfiger to open digital showroom

Amsterdam -- Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp., will launch a digital sales showroom, at its global headquarters in Amsterdam, The …